LGPI Transparency Index 2012

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Services provided by municipalities are very important, but unless they move cities, citizens can't source these services from a competitor. This is why it's essential that have access to the highest possible standard of reporting when it comes to the finances and the quality of services provided by municipalities. Residents can't shop around for a city like they can for a car, but if they know how their city's performing, then they can bring informed pressure on their elected representatives.

The LGPI Transparency Index rates the annual reports of municipalities by applying ten basic tests. The emphasis of these tests is on the generosity of detail provided - it is assumed that financial statements have been properly audited.

Transparency Index Data Table 

CityTimeliness of audit opinionReceipt of accounting awardAdditional commentary and statisticsCapital assets reportedCapital assets depreciated/fundedExpenditures by object reportedGoods/contracted services separateDepreciation Recorded (object)Expenditure line items definedHistorical trend statistics givenTotal scoresort descending
Niagara Falls0/40/20/80/80/40/10/10/10/20/20/33
Saint-Jerome0/40/20/80/80/40/10/10/10/20/20/33
Cape Breton1/40/22/88/84/40/10/10/10/20/215/33
St. John's0/40/24/88/84/40/10/10/10/20/216/33
Saint John0/40/22/88/82/41/10/11/12/20/216/33
Charlottetown2/40/24/88/82/41/10/10/10/20/217/33
Chatham-Kent0/40/24/88/82/41/10/11/12/20/218/33
Cambridge2/40/20/08/82/41/10/11/12/22/218/33
Oshawa2/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/11/20/219/33
Terrebonne1/40/24/88/84/41/10/11/10/20/219/33
Quebec2/40/24/88/84/41/10/11/10/20/220/33
Sherbrooke2/40/24/88/84/41/10/11/10/20/220/33
North Bay1/40/24/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/220/33
London1/40/24/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/220/33
Newmarket2/40/24/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/221/33
Fredericton3/40/24/88/82/41/10/11/12/20/221/33
Saint-Hyacinthe2/40/26/88/84/41/10/10/00/20/221/33
Sarnia2/40/24/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/221/33
Levis3/40/24/88/84/41/10/11/10/20/221/33
Repentigny3/40/24/88/84/41/10/11/10/20/221/33
St. Catharines0/40/26/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/221/33
Welland1/40/26/88/82/41/10/11/12/20/221/33
Aurora2/40/24/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/221/33
Thunder Bay2/40/24/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/221/33
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu2/40/26/88/84/41/10/11/10/20/222/33
Peterborough1/40/24/88/82/41/11/11/12/22/222/33
Drummondville2/40/26/88/84/41/10/11/10/20/222/33
Longueuil2/40/26/88/84/41/10/11/10/20/222/33
Blainville2/40/26/88/84/41/10/11/10/20/222/33
Burlington1/40/24/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/222/33
Halton Hills1/40/26/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/222/33
Clarington1/40/26/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/222/33
Trois-Rivieres2/40/26/88/84/41/10/11/10/20/222/33
Brossard2/40/26/88/84/41/10/11/10/20/222/33
Shawinigan2/40/26/88/84/41/10/11/10/20/222/33
Norfolk County1/40/26/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/222/33
Ajax2/40/26/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/223/33
Pickering2/40/26/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/223/33
Prince George2/40/26/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/223/33
Kingston2/40/26/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/223/33
Whitby2/40/26/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/223/33
Saguenay3/40/26/88/84/41/10/11/10/20/223/33
New Westminster2/40/28/88/82/41/10/11/11/20/223/33
Granby3/40/26/88/84/41/10/11/10/20/223/33
Sault Ste. Marie1/40/26/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/224/33
Wood Buffalo3/40/26/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/224/33
Waterloo2/40/26/88/82/41/10/11/12/22/224/33
Winnipeg2/40/28/88/82/41/10/11/10/02/224/33
Richmond Hill1/40/26/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/224/33
Windsor1/40/26/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/224/33
Vaughan2/40/26/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/224/33
Montreal3/40/24/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/224/33
Grande Prairie3/40/26/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/224/33
Laval3/40/28/88/84/41/10/11/10/20/225/33
Delta2/40/28/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/225/33
Kawartha Lakes2/40/28/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/225/33
Chilliwack3/40/28/88/82/41/10/11/12/20/225/33
Guelph2/40/28/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/225/33
Brantford2/40/26/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/225/33
Kamloops3/40/28/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/226/33
Greater Sudbury1/40/26/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/226/33
Iqaluit3/40/26/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/226/33
Red Deer3/40/26/88/82/41/11/11/12/22/226/33
Nanaimo3/40/28/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/226/33
Strathcona County3/40/28/88/82/41/11/11/12/20/226/33
Moncton2/42/28/88/82/41/10/11/12/20/226/33
Barrie2/40/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/227/33
Whitehorse2/42/26/88/82/41/11/11/12/22/227/33
Burnaby3/40/28/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/227/33
Vancouver3/40/26/88/84/41/11/11/12/21/227/33
Gatineau3/40/28/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/227/33
Hamilton2/40/26/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/227/33
Maple Ridge3/42/26/88/82/41/10/11/12/22/227/33
Ottawa2/40/26/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/227/33
Langley Township2/40/28/88/82/41/11/11/12/22/227/33
Toronto1/42/28/88/82/41/11/11/12/22/228/33
Kitchener2/42/28/88/84/41/10/11/10/22/228/33
Saskatoon1/40/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/228/33
Saanich2/42/28/88/82/41/10/11/12/22/228/33
Milton2/42/28/88/82/41/11/11/12/22/229/33
Yellowknife2/42/28/88/82/41/11/11/12/22/229/33
Caledon2/42/26/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/229/33
Victoria3/42/28/88/82/41/10/11/12/22/229/33
Port Coquitlam2/42/28/88/82/41/11/11/12/22/229/33
Regina2/42/26/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/229/33
Halifax4/40/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/229/33
Brampton2/42/26/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/229/33
Calgary3/40/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/230/33
St. Albert3/42/28/88/82/41/11/11/12/22/230/33
Medicine Hat3/42/28/88/82/41/11/11/12/22/230/33
Lethbridge3/42/28/88/82/41/11/11/12/22/230/33
Coquitlam3/42/28/88/82/41/11/11/12/22/230/33
Abbotsford3/42/28/88/84/41/10/11/12/22/231/33
Oakville2/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/231/33
Richmond2/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/231/33
Kelowna2/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/231/33
Markham3/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/232/33
Edmonton3/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/232/33
Mississauga3/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/232/33